The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Harmony Books, 1980 - Fiction - 215 pages
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"IRRESISTIBLE!"
--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy".
--Publishers Weekly

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Plot was great, so were the plot twists. - Goodreads
It is like a failed satire of bad writing. - Goodreads
Great writing style, an entertaining easy read. - Goodreads
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I loved the sense of humour and Adams' writing style. - Goodreads

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Four Parts (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-4)

User Review  - Ella Ek - Goodreads

The most entertaining book I've laid my eyes on. Adams is an incredible author and word magician and has me laughing throughout the story. I lost the plot and storline about halfway through but it didn't bother me; the story is way to amusing and exciting to focus on tiny details like that. Read full review

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Sylar - Goodreads

This is quite possibly the best book ever written. From a former Doctor Who writer comes the most fantastic tale ever told, of Arthur Dent's journey from earth, to space, and beyond. Once again, this is the best book ever, I recommend to every single human being ever. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1980)

Douglas Adams is the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. He lives in London.

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